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Upwardly mobile Moldova win in Malta

Published: Wednesday 17 October 2007, 23.41CET
Malta 2-3 Moldova The visitors' Group C resurgence continued but they were forced to hold on in a frantic finale as Malta fought back from three down.
Upwardly mobile Moldova win in Malta
Moldova celebrate Igor Bugaev's opening goal ©Domenic Aquilina

Match statistics

MaltaMoldova

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target6
 
5
Attempts off target1
 
2
Corners0
2
Fouls committed9
 
11
Yellow cards3
 
6
Red cards0
1

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 17 October 2007, 23.41CET

Upwardly mobile Moldova win in Malta

Malta 2-3 Moldova The visitors' Group C resurgence continued but they were forced to hold on in a frantic finale as Malta fought back from three down.

Moldova's resurgent UEFA EURO 2008™ Group C form continued with a narrow 3-2 victory against bottom side Malta.

Seven points
Having earned only two points from their opening eight qualifiers, Igor Dobrovolskiy's team have now collected seven from a possible nine. The visitors controlled the first 45 minutes here and could have had more than the three goals they took into break: an Igor Bugaev penalty and two Viorel Frunza strikes. Yet they were made to cling on at the end as the hosts pulled two goals back and hit the woodwork in added time.

Three goals
Moldova effectively secured the result with three goals inside eleven first-half minutes. They opened the scoring in the 24th minute when Luke Dimech fouled Alexandru Gatcan in the area and Bugaev converted from the spot. Seven minutes later it was 2-0, when Gatcan's mis-hit shot fell kindly for Frunza to tap into an empty net. Frunza grabbed his second and Moldova's third ten minutes before half-time, seizing on a stray pass before chipping into the top-left corner from the edge of the box.

Tense finish
Moldova looked to be cruising to a second successive away victory but they were given a jolt on 71 minutes when substitute Terence Scerri reduced arrears. And six minutes from time Malta struck again, through Michael Mifsud's spot-kick after Andrew Cohen had been brought down, to set up a frenetic finale in which Victor Golovatenco was sent off. Malta laid siege in the Moldova half: George Mallia almost equalised in the last minute but Serghei Pascenco saved, before Jamie Pace thumped a 35-metre effort against the post two minutes into stoppage time.

Last updated: 18/10/07 15.25CET

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Lineups

Malta

Malta

Moldova

Moldova

1
HaberJustin Haber (GK)
1
S. PaşcencoSerghei Paşcenco (GK)
Yellow Card61
17
SciclunaKenneth Scicluna
Yellow Card25
Substitution46
4
GolovatencoVictor Golovatenco
Yellow Card56
Red Card88
3
AzzopardiIan Azzopardi
Substitution90+1
2
StroencoSerghei Stroenco
Yellow Card11
4
SaidBrian Said (C)
3
LaşcencovSerghei Laşcencov
6
DimechLuke Dimech
Yellow Card13
7
CorneencovAndrei Corneencov
Yellow Card86
8
BriffaRoderick Briffa
9
BordianVitalie Bordian
18
PaceJamie Pace
5
JosanNicolae Josan
11
MalliaGeorge Mallia
8
GaţcanAlexandru Gaţcan
Yellow Card10
Substitution77
10
WoodsIvan Woods
Yellow Card74
6
ComleonocVictor Comleonoc (C)
Substitution69
13
SchembriAndré Schembri
Substitution46
10
FrunzăViorel Frunză
Goal31
Goal35
Substitution83
9
M. MifsudMichael Mifsud
Goal84
11
BugaevIgor Bugaev
Goal24

Substitutes

12
M. MuscatMario Muscat (GK)
12
CalanceaNicolae Calancea (GK)
5
WellmenStephen Wellmen
15
BulgaruSemion Bulgaru
15
J. MifsudJosef Mifsud
14
OlexicGhenadie Olexic
7
SammutKevin Sammut
17
ZmeuDenis Zmeu
Substitution77
23
NwokoUdochukwu Nwoko
Substitution90+1
16
Se. NamascoSerghei Namasco
Substitution69
14
ScerriTerence Scerri
Substitution46
Goal71
18
DoroşAnatolie Doroş
Substitution83
20
CohenAndrew Cohen
Substitution46

Coach

Dušan Fitzel (CZE) Igor Dobrovolski (RUS)

Referee

Igor Ishchenko (UKR)

Assistant referees

Sergiy Tsymbal (UKR), Oleg Pluzhnyk (UKR)

Fourth official

Vitaliy Godulyan (UKR)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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